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Hanley Center’s Approach to Addiction Treatment of Alcohol, Cocaine and Opiates

Oct 18, 2020

For more than three decades, men and women have turned to Hanley Center in Palm Beach for the treatment of alcohol and narcotics addiction. Therapists and healthcare professionals at Hanley Center offer a comprehensive, integrative approach, taking account of all the aspects of an individual’s health; psychological, emotional, and physical. We seek to help those that desire to regain a renewed sense of independence and complete control over their lives and circumstances.

If you or a loved one need help, call our admissions team today at 561-841-1033.

While Hanley Center professionals offer treatment for many types of addictions, here are the three most commonly abused substances that may lead to addiction.

Three Types of Substances Commonly Misused

 1) Alcohol 

Alcohol is perhaps the easiest substance to attain, and therefore, the most commonly seen addiction at our facility. Most people in treatment struggle with alcohol dependence– to either stabilize their mood, suppress anxiety, or disassociate from reality.

Excessive use of alcohol can alter behavior and can even change the neurobiological chemistry of your brain. How it impacts you personally depends on how much you drink, how often you drink, your family history, your age, and your overall wellness. Excessive alcohol consumption over a period of time can lead to decreased brain function, liver and heart damage, and possibly certain kinds of cancers.

2) Narcotics (Legal) / Prescription Medication

“Legal” narcotics are prescription medications that have been misused or become a source of addiction to consumers. Often used to treat pain, the kind you might have after surgery. Some examples of legal narcotics include codeine and fentanyl, which give users a feeling of euphoria. These two narcotics specifically can become addictive after just five straight days of use.

3) Narcotics (Illegal)

“Illegal” narcotics or opioids that are sold in violation of governmental laws. The most commonly sold opioid is heroin. Users of heroin experience a feeling of euphoria when it’s injected, smoked, or snorted. However, heroin users are at high risk for addiction as it is a one-time use addictive substance. Some of the long-term effects of heroin include infection of you’re the heart lining and valves, and can lead to kidney or liver disease.

On the other hand, if treatment of heroin addiction is not properly facilitated within a safe environment or at a treatment center, withdrawal symptoms for heroin can include:

  • Cold flashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Vomiting

Recovery Methods at Hanley Center

Hanley Center’s over 35 years of service for addiction treatment is based on time-approved research methods and integration of holistic treatment: treating the mind, the soul, and the body. Our approach to treatment includes personalized, individual care that provides consistent care throughout the recovery process, and after.

Medical Care During Detoxification

Hanley Center’s medical staff supervise a patient’s withdrawal to manage the symptoms safely. Medical personnel also provide care for common conditions in patients with a history of addiction. These conditions include malnutrition, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. Hanley Center is an accredited treatment center that was the first of its kind to earn a certification from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as a provider of Medically Monitored Intensive Inpatient Services.

Trauma-Based Therapies

A person with a dependence on alcohol or narcotics may not be aware they have been living with trauma. Hanley Center offers treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress, with sensitive and compassionate care to facilitate healing. Some of these trauma-based therapies include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Advanced Psychological Care

Hanley Center provides treatments for conditions such as mood disorders or bipolar disorders that may accompany those with a dependence on alcohol or narcotics.

Experiential Therapies

This kind of intervention uses recreation as part of a recovery program. Patients learn new skills and behaviors to help them with recovery while in group settings.

Specialized Programs for Men, Women, and Older Adults

Hanley Center offers treatment programs based on a person’s gender and age. This type of approach gives patients the kind of support that matches with their specific needs. Also, it allows patients to benefit from time spent with people who may have similar experiences or challenges related to the recovery.


About Hanley Center

Hanley Center is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting recovery.

For information on our programs, call us today: 561-841-1033.

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